Research imaging facilities

Southampton is a thriving specialist centre with an extensive imaging infrastructure that’s well equipped to support both the clinical and R&D demands of a large teaching hospital and university.

Recent upgrades in imaging equipment and capacity following the expansion of the radiology department means researchers can now apply to use imaging resources including (but not limited to) the following:

Magnetic resonance imaging – both 3 and 1.5 Tesla (installed in 2014) state of the art scanners

  • 3T MRI scanner with advanced applications.
  • Research hours: Tuesday 8am–1pm, Thursday 3–8pm and Saturday 8am–1pm.
  • 1.5T MRI scanners that could be for research if more appropriate for a particular study (including a cardiac dedicated MRI).

Computed tomography (CT) – high resolution multi-detector CT scanners equipped for all body areas

  • Two 128 slice systems (Siemens Somatom Definition Edge) both with dual energy capability.
  • Two dual energy GE Discovery CT750 HD 128 slice systems (one of these is the new oncology CT scanner to be installed later this year).
  • Dynamic contrast enhanced and perfusion imaging capabilities.
  • Cardiac CT capabilities – gated acquisitions and bolus tracking.
  • Interventional capability and expertise.

Nuclear medicine – SPECT/CT and whole body imaging

  • Two SPECT/CT gamma camera systems, capable of imaging both diagnostic and Molecular Radiotherapy (MRT) subjects. Dynamic and gated acquisitions are available, including first-pass imaging.
  • Research slots need to be pre-booked within regular clinical hours (Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and Saturdays 8am-1pm).

Plain radiography and fluoroscopy – fully digital systems with low dose high-resolution fluoroscopic image grab facilities, C arm and dyna CT capability

Ultrasound – 2014 generation state of the art equipment with ultra high resolution high frequency, compound imaging capability, Doppler enabled scanners with a full array of transducers

To use the imaging resources for research, please complete the research imaging proposal form and send it to the research imaging management group (RIMG) via Freya Davis, radiology research coordinator. This form should be submitted as early as possible, preferably before grant applications have been submitted. You can see the full process here.